Gareth completed his PhD training in epilepsy research at the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2014. He then spent four years at University College London’s Institute of Neurology before moving to the FutureNeuro Research Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as a Senior Research Associate. Gareth has pioneered innovative technical advances in epilepsy research and has won prizes for Science Communication, including best talk at UCL’s ‘The Future of Epilepsy Treatments’, as well as RCSI’s Barnes Medal for best research presentation and an award for best talk at the international London-Innsbruck Colloquium on Status Epilepticus and Acute Seizures in 2019.
Cristina originally trained as a Pharmacist and Biochemist before completing her PhD in Brazil in 2013. She then moved over to Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland to pursue epilepsy research and is now a Research Fellow and Honorary Lecturer, as well as a project leader in the FutureNeuro Research Centre. Cristina has won multiple awards for her research including the Grass Young Investigator Award 2017 from the American Epilepsy Society, and the Harinarayan Young Neuroscientist Award 2015 from the International League Against Epilepsy.
Gareth and Cristina have been working together for several years, driving the research effort in the use of microRNA-based therapies against epilepsy. They developed a common passion for engagement with patient groups and the wider public, and they hope that this blog can make the fascinating world of epilepsy research accessible to all.